Once upon a time in Chicago a funny man once asked, "What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?" Last night, Hawks fans found out just before puck drop.
Euphoric Blackhawks fans arrived at the UC even earlier than normal in order beat the rumored 'derecho' that was expected to combine a plethora of thunderbolts with 80+ mph gusts and baseball sized hail. The Bud heavy was flowing over an hour before game time. By the time the Blackhawks' pregame montage began playing on the jumbo-tron there wasn't an empty seat left in the barn.
There is no question that the national anthem before a Blackhawks home game is one of the coolest traditions in sports. Few people on the planet have as booming a tenor as Jim Cornelison. Even fewer places on the planet are as loud as the Madhouse on Madison during a Hawks playoff game. The deafening "Roar" was most certainly back in the United Center during Wednesday night's epic 3OT thriller between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
Want to see how electric the atmosphere was at the UC last night? Check out this video I took of the last two minutes of pregame and national anthem. It was so loud in the Madhouse you can hardly hear Jim Cornelison.
2013 Stanley Cup Final Game 1: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks